Did Google Maps Reveal Domestic Violence Shelter Locations? And Other News

A dense, urban neighborhoodIn a world where just about everything is accessible via Google Maps, keeping certain locations a secret might seem like a thing of the past. For domestic violence survivors, though, keeping their location a secret from their abusers can be a matter of life or death. For this reason, most domestic violence shelters take great pains to ensure their locations are secret. Victims’ advocates say that Google Maps has revealed the location of some domestic violence shelters. Jeremy Janice, a domestic violence shelter worker, has launched a petition to ask Google to unlist all such shelters. Google says it works closely with shelters to remove shelters that are accidentally revealed.

Science Says Caitlyn Jenner Could Be the Best Thing that Ever Happened to the Transgender Community

Caitlyn Jenner’s debut on the July Vanity Fair cover has brought transgender awareness to the forefront of public discussion, and many people are responding positively to her coming-out story, marking a significant step toward acceptance for all transgender people. However, while this publicity is likely to have a positive influence on acceptance of and support for the trans community as a whole, not all trans people have the resources or the desire to make such a complete transition. All trans women, whatever stage of their transition, are women, and accepting them as such whether they can or wish to transition is the next important step. Media coverage of Jenner has also made clear what society values in women. Jenner’s public dissection as a sexual commodity and the praise directed toward her ability to conform to societal standards of female beauty may take attention away from a more important issue: the acceptance of a person’s identity, regardless of their appearance.

Demi Lovato Is the Face of Mental Health in New Campaign

Demi Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bipolar, has partnered with a number of mental health organizations on a new campaign. “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” aims to promote treatment and reduce mental health stigma. 

Infections Can Affect Your IQ

Infections severe enough to lead to hospitalization may do more than undermine health. According to the largest study of its kind, an infection-related hospitalization reduces IQ by an average of 1.76 points.  Those with five or more such hospitalizations had IQ drops averaging 9.44 points. 

Changing Gender Designation

People who transition from one gender to another frequently face bureaucratic barriers to their new gender identity. State laws addressing such transitions can be confusing and even contradictory. A bill approved by the Connecticut Legislature, though, aims to make the process less challenging. If the bill becomes law, Connecticut would be the seventh state to allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates when they transition, without having to undergo extensive surgical operations. The federal government does not require proof of surgery to change passports or Social Security cards. 

‘Helicopter Parenting’ Hurts Kids Regardless of Love or Support, Study Says

So-called “helicopter parents” sometimes insist that they’re only trying to do what’s best or give their kids opportunities they never had. A new study suggests that neither love nor good intentions mitigate the harms of helicopter parenting. The study, which surveyed 483 students from four American colleges, found that those whose helicopter parents behaved in loving or supportive ways still struggled with the after-effects of helicopter parenting. In fact, love and support might make this parenting style even more damaging, with students who had loving helicopter parents more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. 

Aging Couples Connected in Sickness and Health

The physical and psychological health of a spouse may be a major factor in wellness among seniors, according to a study of more than 8,000 married couples. Relying on self-reports of well-being, as well as cognitive tests of verbal fluency, researchers found that declines in health or cognitive functioning in one spouse affected both spouses. Both men and women struggled with their partner’s cognitive decline, but the effect was more pronounced in men. 

Research Highlights Link Between Neighborhood and Partner Violence

A host of factors can determine whether a domestic violence victim stays in an abusive relationship, and other components of the victim’s environment may play a key role, according to a new study. Researchers found that high levels of social support, as well as a sense of belonging and trust, decreased people’s likelihood of involvement in verbally or emotionally abusive relationships. Those who reported living in a neighborhood with few social or economic issues also reported lower rates of abuse.

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  • Jon

    Jon

    June 6th, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Come on Google! We can do better than this!

  • Rob

    Rob

    June 8th, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I am not sure how I feel about Bruce becoming Caitlyn.
    I mean he as Bruce has always been so inspiring to me as an athlete and I don’t know, now it just makes me feel a little different.
    I am not familiar with anyone in the transgender community at all so maybe that is where the discomfort is coming from ( lack of education?).
    It’s just that knowing that my hero on the Wheaties box is really not that person anymore, well it just kind of shatters this little piece of my childhood for me.

  • cara

    cara

    June 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Go Demi!
    I think that she has been just awesome in this fight to understand and recognize mental illness in this generation. I think that she is just the best role model that we have had in a long time for young girls.

  • Nan

    Nan

    June 10th, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Once my dad began to go downhill physically then my mom followed shortly thereafter. She was in perfect health herself until dad had his stroke and the after that her own health declined. They were together for 62 years so it was like what happened to one was going to happen to the other.

  • Tanner

    Tanner

    June 11th, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    So of course again the poor are going to lose out when it comes to being in violent and abusive relationships because they are the ones who will be the most likely to live in areas with very few resources and tools for support.

  • sims

    sims

    June 12th, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    It seems that it would be so much easier with this gender designation issue oft his was a federal law instead of individual states getting to decide. So I would be a female in one state but then have to be a male in the other even though I may look different? Crazy!

  • Kate

    Kate

    December 10th, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Check out the guide on this page for information on removing domestic violence shelter locations from online listings. techsafety.org/resources-agencyuse

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